Native land claims issue is foundational to the future of B.C. and other areas. Title rights are being acknowledged and legally recognized more and more. I think that is a good thing and can benefit us all.
The same legal fraud has been perpetrated on all other “citizens” that has been perpetrated on the natives (minus the cultural genocide). The physical, psychological, spiritual war that that has been waged agains the original people’s of this land and others is horrific.
I believe that the freedom of everyone is tied to the honour, respect and freedom given to the original peoples.
As negotiations occur with the native groups in back rooms and without public awareness more political and legal power games can be played and I’m afraid the natives may give up more than they should to everyone’s detriment.
The fact that the native cultures have survived as much as they have after the cultural and physical decimation is a miracle and the fact that many native leaders still hold to honourable paths and respect for the great good is more than admirable.
Interesting times, after decades of legal fraud and over 100 years of “white man” breaking treaties and forceful destruction of a people and their culture, to see the outcome of the native people and their leaders negotiating with those who still wish to take more from them. I wish the best and pray they stay the course of the highest good for all.
Territorial Acknowledgement (BCCLA)
We acknowledge that British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s main office is located in Vancouver on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Our Prince George office is located on the unceded land of the Dakelh (ᑕᗸᒡ – Carrier) people of Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.
The BCCLA, as one of Canada’s oldest and largest human rights and civil liberties organizations, is committed to the full realization of the rights of Indigenous peoples.
City of Vancouver
Vancouver acknowledges city on unceded First Nations territory
June 25, 2014 Updated : June 26, 2014 | 7:40 am
Vancouver would like to formally acknowledge the city is on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
City council voted unanimously Wednesday to acknowledge the city sits on the Coast Salish traditional land, which was never officially given up.
Staff and council will work with representatives from the three nations to develop protocols for welcomes, blessings and acknowledgment of territory to be used when the city conducts business.
The decision, which was marked with the singing of the Coast Salish anthem in council chambers, earned praise from leaders from the three First Nations.
“If the rest of the province and federal government can see the leadership you guys are showing, how we can work together, it will be a better place,” Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow said.
“The establishment of a government to government committee gives us more energy and insight in terms of how we’re going to work together,” Squamish Nation Coun. Chris Lewis said.
The decision will not have any legal ramifications regarding treaty negotiations, as those issues rest with the province and the federal governments, city manager Penny Ballem said.
The motion comes after the end of the year of reconciliation in the city, where events were held to recognize past injustices and work on rebuilding relationships.
It’s important for the city to use appropriate protocols to ensure it does right by local First Nations, Mayor Gregor Robertson said.
“We’re doing the that best we can do to acknowledge the First Peoples of this place and all of the legacy they’ve created for the rest of us who’ve arrived since then,” Robertson said.
Idle No More Campaign
Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
We acknowledge that SFPIRG is located on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples. Unceded means that this land was never surrendered, relinquished or handed over in any way.
Based on our current knowledge*, this includes the territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh (pronounced Squamish or Skohomish), Stó:lo & Tsleil-Waututh (pronounced: slay-wa-tooth, aka Burrard) nations.
Today, most of BC remains unceded sovereign Native lands, over which neither the Canadian or BC governments have the legal or moral authority to govern.
Here at SFPIRG, we are working towards better understanding how we can support Indigenous sovereignty as settlers on this land.
I do wonder about the present government trying to maintain control by maintaining control of legal processes for First Nations. Hmmmm
First Nations Court Dates April – December 2015